The Pinarayi Vijayan government has received yet another blow with the Kerala High Court criticising the CPM led LDF regime for not proceeding against Transport Minister Thomas Chandy facing charges of land encroachment. In a scathing attack on the state government, while considering a public interest writ petition against the tainted minister, the High Court on Wednesday asked whether the minister was being given any special consideration.
Asking the state government to make its general stand clear on the issue of land encroachment, the Kerala High Court's division bench pointed out that bulldozers would have been used against encroachment, had it been an ordinary citizen. All are equal before law and all should be treated equally, the court stated.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who is under attack by opposition for protecting the tainted minister declined to comment on the scathing attack by the High Court against his government. The state cabinet meanwhile met under his chairmanship on Wednesday where the issue would have come in for discussion. But details regarding the cabinet discussion in this regard were not out while this report was being filed.
Transport Minister Thomas Chandy's office came out with a release describing the public interest writ petition as part of a deep rooted conspiracy against the business magnate turned minister.
The writ petition was filed by CPI leader T.N.Mukundan. There are two more petitions pending before the court against Chandy. The division bench consisted of Justice Devan Ramachandran and Justice P.M.Raveendran. The bench would request the Chief Justice to consider taking up all the three writ petitions against the Minister together.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran in his reaction to the High Court's criticism of the LDF government argued that it was only an observation by the court and not the judgement.